Softball Australia and Softball Victoria have entered into an exciting new partnership with La Trobe University that will see the softball organisations’ headquarters relocate to the new La Trobe Sports Stadium in Bundoora.
The move will enable Softball Australia and La Trobe to work together to build real-world industry experiences for students, as well as providing Softball Australia and Softball Victoria with access to La Trobe’s cutting-edge sports management and sports science expertise.
The state-of-the-art stadium is part of La Trobe’s $150 million Sports Park development, which includes teaching and research facilities, an elite performance space and world-class sporting facilities available for elite sports and local communities alike.
The Sports Park is a key component of the University’s ambitious $5 billion plan to transform the Melbourne campus into a University City of the Future.
Dean and Head of La Trobe University’s School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, and Director of La Trobe Sport, Professor Russell Hoye, said the University is thrilled to be the new home for Softball Australia and Softball Victoria.
“This partnership provides great benefits for La Trobe students to improve their employability skills, gain valuable work experience in the growing sports industry and get involved in research projects and events run in a number of locations across the country,” Hoye said.
“Softball are the next tenants to officially join the La Trobe Sports Park and become part of our sporting community that already includes 26 La Trobe University sport clubs and other major sport partners, including Carlton Football Club, Melbourne City Football Club, the Melbourne Rebels and the Northern Football Netball League.”
Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia, David Pryles, said this is a huge step forward for Softball Australia.
“Our High-Performance team, in particular, will have access to state of the art facilities and infrastructure to continue to improve our athletes,” Mr Pryles said
“Not only that, but we’re also excited to be able to utilise La Trobe students in internship roles across the organisation, we also look forward to hosting Annual General Meetings, conferences for scorers, officials, coaches and the like with function rooms also available to us.”
“We’re a National Sporting Organisation so it’s going to be great for us to be based in surroundings that reflect that.”
Along with the location change, La Trobe University will become an Official Partner of Softball Australia with an overarching objective of providing their students with experience in the sport industry and the engagement of Softball Australia athletes for various research projects in wellbeing, Performance and Recovery amongst other areas.